Tackled this one today, and wow!, what a mess.
13’x14’ bedroom with previous leaks, suspended ceiling, and falling drywall ceiling above with no insulation and gaps big enough for an animal.
This is what it looked like Friday.
Taking the grid down;
Animals did live up there;
How do like this for fecal matter? There was enough up there for an organic garden for jeezes sake.
And that is not all, what do you suppose those would be doing up there?
Expose the framing above. Dam, what is holding this up?
Look at the cut studs, hmmmmmm, let’s go outside and see what that wall was.
Well, judging from the sag in the second floor wall directly above those cut studs, I’d say someone took a shortcut to some structural headers.
I call the client and told him he had structural issues and wanted him to see it.
He said it has been like that for 25 years so just continue with your ceiling and cover it up. I will be selling this thing in a couple of years.
I told him, well, It is in my best judgement to let you know before I do the ceiling that you have issues with the structural and it is in my best ethical judgement for me to advise you of it before I continue.
I understand that it has been like that for 25 years or more but does not elude the fact that tomorrow, it might decide to come down.
A man of my experience would get sued should anything happen and I did not bring up the matter.
I understand he said, just continue.
What would you do?